International Project Start Up Consultancy service.

Location : Beirut, LEBANON
Application Deadline :26-Apr-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :3 months.
Expected Duration of Assignment :3 months.


The impact of the Syrian crisis on Lebanon is reaching a scale unprecedented in the history of complex, refugee-driven emergencies. In April 2012, 32,800 refugees were registered or were awaiting registration by UNHCR. By 2018, the numbers have increased to just under 1 million, making Lebanon the country hosting most refugees per capita in the world. The crisis is not only challenging the country’s existing social and economic infrastructure, it also brings to Lebanon a new set of disparities, cleavages and tensions that threaten to undermine Lebanon’s delicate social and political balance of power.
Various vulnerability assessments confirm that spillover effects from the conflict in Syria are large and far-reaching for Lebanon. Entering its eight year, the crisis has had serious implications in multiple areas: a) economic (macroeconomic and fiscal); b) human development and social dimensions (health, education, employment and livelihoods, poverty and safety nets, social cohesion and gender); c) infrastructure (water and sanitation, solid waste management, electricity, transportation).
In an effort to address the worsening situation and prevent tensions from spilling over, the 2017–2020 Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (LCRP) presents a collective vision to provide for the country’s social, economic, and environmental stability. This plan moves beyond direct humanitarian assistance to develop resilient public institutions that will protect, assist, and deliver services to over 2.2 million vulnerable people.
The Municipal Resilience Programme is a UNDP/UN-Habitat joint initiative intervening in countries affected by the impact of the Syria crisis (Lebanon and Iraq) over a period of 36 months. The main objective of the proposed action is to improve the resilience of host and refugee population in communities impacted by the Syrian crisis, through strengthened local multi-level governance systems, and improved access to basic services, affordable housing1 and income. This programme is financed by the EU MADAD Fund with a view to reducing the pressure on countries hosting refugees. The successful applicant will on a day to day basis report to the UNDP Programme Manager of the Social and Local Development Portfolio and the UN Habitat Country Programme Manager.
For the case of Lebanon, the programme will deliver upon the following three outcomes
1. Subnational authorities have enhanced capacities to engage in holistic, area-based planning and consider different scenarios that respond to the needs of host, refugee and IDP populations.
2. Service delivery is increasingly responsive, and generates greater social stability outcomes, based on the needs of host, refugee and IDP populations.
3. Subnational authorities are empowered to facilitate local economic development and have better access to municipal investment that benefits the extension of safe public services and economic opportunities for host, refugee and IDP populations.
Due to an unsuccessful initial recruitment process for the lead Technical Advisor position a temporary consultancy position is available to get the project up and running while the CTA position is re-advertised and recruited.

Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant will take the lead in getting the project up and running, until a full time Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) is recruited, as such will act as temporary team leader fulfilling all the tasks outlined below and others as necessary.
- Establish the good working relationships with the key local stakeholders i.e. the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities (MoIM) and local Municipal leaders as well as other relevant actors
- Establish the project office in the premises of the Directorate of Municipalities of MoIM
- Complete the recruitment and induction of the project team
- Work closely with the project representatives at the local level to establish the necessary relationships with local level stakeholders
- Take the lead on all reporting issues associated with the project
- Develop an initial work plan for the year
- Working in close coordination with the project communication team on the development of communication messages and material.
- Lead on the start up implementation of priority activities
- Represent the project at the necessary forums
- Other related tasks as required.


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Advocates and promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Knowledge of the UN preferable.

Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Economics, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Sciences or related field.

Years of experience:

  • A minimum of four years relevant experience

Technical experience:

  • Experience in managing complex programmes in an international context;
  • Experience of sub national governance/local governance programming in crisis/fragile contexts;
  • Extensive experience of managing multi-cultural teams in an international environment;
  • Experience of working with national government partners and municipalities in an international context.

How to apply:

The consultancy is open for all international consultants who meet the selection criteria and propose a competitive fee. Interested consultants are requested to apply only through this UNDP jobs portal. Submissions through any other media will not be considered.

The application must include all of the following documents:

  • 1. P11,
  • 2. Annex 3 (Offerors Letter) and
  • 3.Financial proposal.

All files shall be submitted in one single document and uploaded as word or PDF file to the UNDP job site.
It has been observed that bidders don’t submit all requested documents and thus reducing their chance to be selected for a contract with UNDP. before you submit your offer please revise that the application is complete and comprises all?documents.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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